Men's Soccer Rallies from Two-Goal Deficit to Down Mass. Maritime 4-2

Men's Soccer Rallies from Two-Goal Deficit to Down Mass. Maritime 4-2

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – A quick two-goal start gave the Buccaneers a jump, but the Corsairs rallied with four unanswered goals as UMass Dartmouth stormed past host Massachusetts Maritime thanks to two tallies in the final 20 minutes.

The Basics

Score: UMass Dartmouth 4, Mass. Maritime 2
UMass Dartmouth (7-3-1) | Mass. Maritime (5-4-1)

How it Happened

The Buccaneers got on the board early, striking 94 seconds into the game as freshman Adam Crawford (Kingston, Mass.) connected with a header from the William Taylor (Hanover, Mass.) cross. Mass. Maritime would extend their lead on a breakaway goal from junior Kevin O'Leary (Norton, Mass.) in the 14' minute. Thomas McCarthy (Tybee Island, GA.) sprung O'Leary for the breakaway goal. 

The Corsairs wouldn't go quietly, cutting the Buccaneers' lead in half before the break. Off a Haden Cordeiro (Dartmouth, Mass.) corner, Akere Tambi (Bamenda, Cameroon) buried the ball after it bounced around in the box. 

The UMass Dartmouth offense then fully arrived in the second half. Sophomore Junior Monteiro (Santiago, Cape Verde) freed Matt Vidal (New Bedford, Mass.) from the Buccaneer back line, allowing the senor to score his team-leading 11th goal of the season. 

In the 70th minute, Stephan Teixeira (Brockton, Mass.) gave the Corsairs their first lead of the match when he found the back of the net from 20 yards out for his sixth goal of his senior campaign. Two minutes later, junior Austin Dias (Smithfield, R.I.) headed in the Cordeiro corner, adding an insurance goal for the victory. 

Inside the Numbers

  • Freshman Danny Andrade (New Bedford, Mass.) got the start in cage for the Corsairs. He made a pair of stops in 45 minutes of action, before being relieved by senior Luis Carranza (New Bedford, Mass.), who registered one stop with the decision.
  • Tambi notched his first goal of the season, and Monteiro registered his second assist on the 2016 campaign.
  • Junior Mike Pruchnik (Rochester, Mass.) made six stops for the Buccaneers despite taking the loss.  
  • The Corsairs outshot the Buccaneers 17-10 and held a 7-1 advantage in corners on the night.
  • With the win, the Corsairs have now won seven-straight matches against the Buccaneers. The last time Mass. Maritime defeated UMass Dartmouth was back on Oct. 15, 2009 when the Buccaneers won 2-0.

Up Next

The Corsairs continue their road trip as they return to Little East Conference action to take on #6/9 UMass Boston on Saturday at 7 p.m.